Monologue Artwork Museum / Wutopia Lab
Textual content description offered by the architects. Wutopia Lab has been commissioned by Sino-Ocean Group to create a monologue artwork museum on the park inexperienced of SEATOPIA in Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao, devoted to an infinite minority of people that need to be free from worldly distractions. It was accomplished and opened to the general public in July 2022. Queen Dido created the nice Carthage by reducing cow pores and skin into skinny strips and circling a bit of land. In an open inexperienced area on the intersection of three residential clusters within the Weilan Coast campus, I broke up the 1,300 sq. meter constructing into completely different monoliths mixed with partitions, corridors, and ambiguous areas right into a triangular-shaped 3,600 sq. meter place, the Monologue Artwork Museum.
Even Extra Charming. Aspect A: The Monologue Museum is a slowly unfolding hand scroll. Ranging from the small entrance theater the place the sunshine breaks by way of the corners, getting into the artwork gallery, the quiet water courtyard slowly reveals itself alongside the open hall with shifting lights, passing by way of the colourful yoga room to the brilliant artwork gallery (exhibition and portray rooms). Then the sunshine fades, the trail will get narrower, and also you virtually miss the tearoom hidden behind the wall. In the long run, there’s a dance studio. If you exit the constructing, you proceed alongside the flower wall and wade by way of the water within the dappled shadows. The water runs by way of the middle and diving the constructing, seemingly in direction of the ocean. Once I got here throughout the small theater once more, I noticed six bushes by the water, whispering and shaking their heads within the breeze. All of the surroundings together with sounds and ideas slowly unfolded into work.
Aspect B: Monologue Artwork Museum is a multi-function area. It permits completely different folks to be in several areas on the identical time, however one will be alone in a creative approach. The plan is complicated and irregular, and the structural design will not be conducive to earthquake resistance. Nonetheless, when the museum is split, aside from the artwork gallery, the oblong dance studio, the round yoga studio and the oval theater are all symmetrical and common with wonderful seismic efficiency. On this regard, Lao Hu (structural engineer) arrange three seismic joints to divide them into 4 impartial structural models. The enlargement and deformation of the extra-long construction had been launched, decreasing the warmth stress, and avoiding structural cracks brought on by temperature adjustments. Having to simply accept the seismic joints, I needed to fastidiously design the nodes to hide their presence on the roof, façade, and inside to make sure that my portray is visually steady.
Nonetheless the Method Again Then. Aspect A: The small theater is within the lobby of the Monologue Artwork Museum. To cut back the ground space for calculating the ground space ratio, it was designed as a flex area. On the identical time, to maintain the viewers’s consideration on the efficiency and to not dramatize the central water scene, the small theater was designed as a closed area. I lower a curved skylight above the again of the stage to permit daylight or moonlight to spill down like a waterfall, “There’s a crack in every part, that is how the sunshine will get in.”
Aspect B: Separated from the principle metal construction, the small theater is formed by a steady closure of the strengthened concrete wall panel construction, an elliptical column standing on the pool. The within is noisy whereas the surface is quiet.
All in One. Aspect A: Essentially the most inventive characteristic of Chinese language portray is the road. Completely different elements of the comb are used to kind varied strains on the paper, straight and versatile, thick and lightweight, dry and moist, various in thickness however steady. Such strains not solely inform area but in addition frequency. I see the boundary of the Monologue as such a shifting ink line. I take advantage of white as an alternative of black within the structure. The beginning stroke is the small oval theater. The purpose is the yoga room, the dried brush is the flower wall, the artwork gallery is the stroke that connects these, the skinny and considerably quick is the hall with a nib, then it leans to grow to be a facet peak forming a gradual thick line, the enlarged artwork museum, then the dance studio is a stroke slowly again to the nib. To start with, the artwork gallery and the artwork museum are closed on the surface and open on the within to the water courtyard, whereas after that it’s closed on the within and opened on the surface to the massive panorama, which resembles how the pen strikes.
Aspect B: I wished the glass floor dealing with the outside of the courtyard and the museum to have a steady view with none structural components. To cut back the self-weight of the construction and to scale back the scale of the structural components, the roof is made of a complete solid layer of 40mm fantastic stone concrete with ribbed patterned metal plates on high to make sure thermal insulation and waterproof efficiency. Then Lao Hu arrange impartial column overhanging beam metal models within the slender hall and hid them within the partitions. And the single-span body overhanging beam metal construction unit was used within the enlarged artwork museum area. The utmost overhang is 4.6 meters. It ensures a completely permeable impact with no vertical components blocking the facade dealing with the water courtyard.
Above and Beneath. Aspect A: In 2009 I visited a dance faculty in London designed by Herzog & De Meuron. The director politely instructed me that dancers need to have plenty of mild after they prepare. The so-called stunning panorama and colourful façade would intervene with their feelings. I designed the dance studio on the Monologue as a translucent glass field, with sufficient mild however filtering out the out of doors surroundings as a backdrop. Behind the mirrored wall of the classroom are the doorway lobby and the dressing room within the mezzanine. The dancers can then dance as above and so beneath.
Aspect B: The dance classroom solely has a small space of mezzanine area on one facet of your entire common plan sq.. To keep away from sudden adjustments in native stiffness on the construction of opposed seismic results, Lao Hu steered utilizing a hinged connection within the mezzanine beams and columns, to make sure the classroom rule of a single-story metal body system.
It is At all times Been Like This. Aspect A: I gave up my dream of panorama portray after copying Ni Zan’s Six Gents in my second yr, realizing that I might by no means be capable of be an artist like him. However these six bushes grew to become my lingering obsession. Due to this fact, a lot of my works sooner or later have the design of utilizing the bushes as some extent of reference. This time, because of the limitation of local weather and supply, I used pine, elm, cypress, maple, oak, and Celtis Sinensis within the north as an alternative of Ni Zan’s authentic six varieties of bushes in Jiangnan to kind new Six Gents of the water backyard.
Aspect B: The shopper steered that flip the gear room right into a tearoom. Then the gear needed to be positioned outdoors in two teams, one within the courtyard and the opposite one within the inexperienced area outdoors the gallery. I designed a leaf-shaped perforated aluminum baffle to cover the gear. The gear was was an set up for the Monologue Artwork Museum.
The one Mild within the Darkness. Aspect A: The courtyard was initially designed to have a white dry-clay-stone flooring. It might give the entire constructing a weightless feeling, which was efficiently experimented with in my White Upland mission, creating an unreal phantasm. I modified my thoughts after I designed the presentation of the Six Gents, as an alternative of pursuing a barely candy dream, I attempted to specific a considerably melancholic temper after reflection. The portray of Six Gents expresses the huge water floor with a considerable amount of vacancy, which makes the image current a elegant ambiance with out being restricted by dimension. On this regard, I made a decision to vary the white into black, turning the accessible white sq. right into a black pool that may be seen. This creates a brand new depth within the visible facet. On this approach, the white constructing is surrounded by a deep pool of silence, you stare at it whereas it stares at you. The environment all of a sudden grow to be quiet. There’s solely the rustling of the wind blowing by way of the Six Gents.
Aspect B: Nonetheless, I didn’t get rid of the panorama water system within the authentic courtyard that takes the that means of the Winding Stream Occasion. I wished the design of this flowing water to grow to be a surging present within the calm water courtyard, forming the design of water throughout the water. The water flows from the plunge into the middle of the courtyard, spirals, and twists, then move towards the yoga room, connecting with the exterior water system beneath the muse of the constructing, and eventually quietly flowing into the ocean. This connects the self-contained Monologue Artwork Museum to the Yellow Sea.
The Black that Does not Sink into the Darkish. Aspect A: The water courtyard has quieted down. Once I appeared on the white constructing with a glass façade on the sting of the black pool within the rendering, a brand new familiarity arose, and the ambiance of the place was too clichéd. So, I made a decision to mild it up by turning the very best round yoga room facade right into a gradient of stained glass. With a contact of coloration within the thick ink, there comes a glittering glass fortress.
Aspect B: The glass fortress initially had just one flooring, however the shopper insisted on having a altering space, and I might solely arrange a second flooring for it to make sure the visible openness of the primary flooring. I additionally wished the façade glass to take care of vertical continuity. I requested Lao Hu to hold the ground as much as disconnect the ground and glass façade. Lao Hu organized the body in a cross form to supply horizontal lateral stiffness on the roof, mixed with the peripheral ring beam to kind a body to supply torsional stiffness, forming a transparent and environment friendly pressure system. He used 4 hanging pillars suspended from the principle body beam and hidden within the closet to elevate the second-floor slab. Lastly, the staircase was additionally suspended from the ground slab frivolously. The primary flooring was then opened to the attractive mild.
A Few Stars on the Border. Aspect A: The inside and exterior partitions of the Monologue are manufactured from glass, strong partitions, and flower partitions. Independently or together, the three are steady as shifting ink brushstrokes that create the various boundary situations of the museum. The flower wall is “written” down because the ink dries.
Aspect B: To maintain the 5m excessive flower wall secure in addition to unfolded constantly, it was mandatory so as to add structural columns each 3.8m behind the flower wall. On the identical time, the roof panels are overhanging because the compression roof of the brick wall. The intricate flower brick is a GRC brick made of three% metal fiber content material utilizing the premixed technique, and there are two modules mixed to kind the façade sample. The brick wall both runs double to border a courtyard or interfaces with glass or strong partitions to kind a steady 150-meter-long hall to wrap across the Monologue Museum.
A Sleepless Man. I divided a single wall in two to kind a tearoom hidden behind the again wall of the hall, similar to the white hole we depart between the brushstrokes. It’s an intimate and silent area, a nook the place we cover our ideas. I opened a protracted horizontal window alongside the peak of the sight line to border the sight as a scroll, the place the six gents had been revealed. “Gazing one another whereas silent fell, remaining speechless solely time can inform.”There are every kind of little however cheerful needs within the resorts. Typically it might even be too noisy. We must be quiet. The rationale why Xiaoyan Zhang named the artwork museum Monologue might be his ambition to create an island in the course of the bustling sea the place folks will be alone and solitary. It’s our one-person paradise. And the ocean is someplace close by.